13 Best Hiking & Camping Instructional Guides

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Hiking & Camping Instructional Guides in 2020


Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Bushcraft 101 A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping

The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

Backpack the Grand Canyon-A Scenic Guide for the Bright Angel, South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails

Backpack the Grand Canyon-A Scenic Guide for the Bright Angel, South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Breathtaking scenery plus information and tips about backpacking or day hiking in the Grand Canyon
  • Explore the rugged South Kaibab Trail then dine on beef stew at Phantom Ranch
  • Tour the Bright Angel Trail all the way from the Colorado River to the South Rim
  • Trek down the awe inspiring North Kaibab Trail to Ribbon Falls and the dreaded ";Box"
  • Helpful tips on travel, permits, gear, lodging, food, weather and varmits you want to avoid

The Dangerous Book for Boys

The Dangerous Book for Boys
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • William Morrow Company

SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere

SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Harper Collins Pub Sas Survival Handbook Revised by John Wiseman - 9780062378071

#technologist - Hashtag Frosted 10oz Glass Coffee Cup Mug

#technologist - Hashtag Frosted 10oz Glass Coffee Cup Mug
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • When you need a little bit of class, look to our frosted glass mug for your coffee or cold drinks.
  • This mug is durable enough for the microwave or the dishwasher.
  • Hot or cold liquids, it does not matter. This mug will keep them hot or cold.

250 Amazing Hunting Tips: The Best Tactics and Techniques to Get Your Game This Season

250 Amazing Hunting Tips: The Best Tactics and Techniques to Get Your Game This Season
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Topo USA 4.0 Great Lakes & Plains Region (Maps & Atlases)

Topo USA 4.0 Great Lakes & Plains Region (Maps & Atlases)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Author: Bruce Tremper
  • ISBN#: 978-1-59485-084-4
  • Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
  • Publication Date: 9/15/08
  • Recommended Use: backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding

Survival Guide: Martial Law: 25 Survival Lessons On How To Survive A Complete Government and Military Takeover In Your City

Survival Guide: Martial Law: 25 Survival Lessons On How To Survive A Complete Government and Military Takeover In Your City
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop, Revised

Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop, Revised
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Wayne Goddard s 50 Knife Shop Revised

The Daring Book for Girls

The Daring Book for Girls
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • William Morrow Company

The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon: Dark Side of the Rainbow

A brief overview of the Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of the Moon rumor (a.k.a "Dark Side of the Rainbow"), including instructions on how to do the experiment yourself, and a few suggestions on connections to watch for.

Rubbish, I said.

It's a ridiculous thing to believe. Ask yourself which is more likely: Either (a) some rock band went to the trouble of composing an entire album as a sort of substitute soundtrack for a 34-year-old movie, or (b) a bunch of stoners and acid fiends one day randomly popped in a tape of The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd and decided, "Whooooooooaaaa! This is, like, too coincidental to be, um, a coincidence...man."

(Yes, my stereotype stoner voice comes across like Otto the bus driver from The Simpsons. No offense intended. Man.)

I'm naturally a skeptic, particularly when it comes to urban legends propagated by devotees of a rock band that's known as much for their psychedelic drug use as they are for their music. And especially when said urban legends pertain to fairy tales involving fields of poppies, multicolored horses, and flying monkeys. So take my opinion for what it's worth: I think there may be something to this whole Wizard/Dark Side connection.

Some friends of mine recently decided to try out the sync-up, and for whatever reason, I stuck around to watch. I have to admit, there's a number of eerie similarities that are hard to dismiss-especially if you go into it with the mindset that any connection whatsoever between what you're seeing and what you're hearing has to be a coincidence. I started to doubt my own skepticism. And I wasn't even on any mind-altering substances, unless you count my standard seven-cup-a-day coffee habit.

But don't take my word for it. Try it, and then decide for yourself.

Setting up the "Dark Side of the Rainbow" Experiment

Equipment needed:

CD of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (the digitally remastered version is ideal).

DVD of The Wizard of Oz (there is a 1999 and a 2005 re-release).

DVD player

CD player that operates independently of your DVD player or theater system.

Consumables. As in, snacks. (This content producer does not condone or encourage possession or use of illicit substances.)

How to make it work:

1. Pop the CD of Dark Side of the Moon in the player and set it at "play/pause" at 00:00 on the first track so it's cued and ready to go.

2. Start The Wizard of Oz and skip past the intro fluff until you get to the actual film.

3. When the black and white MGM lion roars for the third and final time, immediately press play (unpause) on the CD player. Careful: The roars can run together.

4. Mute the movie. The opening credits will accompany a crescendo of sound effects from the CD.

5. Here's the key that will tell you if you've done it right: At about the 1:17 mark, the name Mervyn LeRoy (the producer) should fade onto the screen exactly in sync with the first note of the first musical track, "Speak to Me/Breathe." If they're not together, rewind both and try again. It should only take about 3-4 tries, max, to get it right. Trust me, the precision makes a difference.

6. Optional: Put the CD player on "repeat all" mode so that it will start over at the beginning of the album once its done. Some people claim that the CD continues to sync all the way through the movie, but it certainly requires a greater time commitment to find out.

What to look for

If you don't want to be swayed by seeing things that other people have told you about, skip over this section. Otherwise, here's some examples of interesting connections to look for:

The Verdict?

You can decide for yourself whether the rumor has some basis in fact or whether it's just the product of the fanciful, drug-assisted imaginations of a handful of Floyd fans that caught fire as an urban legend. Probably the most important detail to point out is that, from a technical standpoint, creating an album as a soundtrack to an existing film would have been incredibly difficult and basically pointless in 1973; the album was obviously vinyl, and this was well before the advent of VHS tapes. Who would they have been pulling this stunt for? Assuming the record producers had a copy of the film, it still would have been an enormous headache to create an entire album with timing that precise.

Pink Floyd has never tried to claim that the Wizard of Oz connection was intentional, but there's really no reason for them to deny it. As reported on Turnmeondeadman.net (which also chronicles an exhaustive list of coincidences to look for), sales of Dark Side of the Moon reportedly spiked in the late 1990s when rumors of the phenomenon started popping up in mainstream media outlets. Even if it is just a series of strange coincidences, it's enough to keep creative minds guessing and wondering, and it's a fun exercise to try and to discuss with friends. And once you've started seeing the connections, you begin to see more. Perhaps the strangest connection is an actual line from the movie, which of course you'll miss while you're trying the syncing experiment. Dorothy's last line before she begins singing "Over the Rainbow" is directed at Toto, her dog, as she wishes they could escape somewhere there isn't any trouble:

"Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It's not a place you can get to by a boat or a train. It's far, far away, behind the moon, beyond the rain..." (from IMDb.com [emphasis added, obviously]).

Far out. Man.

References:

Todd Gardner. "Dark Side of the Rainbow, Introduction." Turn Me On, Dead Man.

"Memorable Quotes for the Wizard of Oz." IMDb.com.

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